#Civil Rights
People with disabilities or people who know someone with a disability
United States of America

Centers for Independent Living came into existence in the 1970s led by Ed Roberts to give people with disabilities a choice on how they want to run their life and an opportunity to live in the most integrated setting as possible. There are over 400 centers in the US alone and they provide a unique service people with abilities can't get anywhere else.

Our services include but aren't limited to Advocacy, Peer Support, Information and Referral, and Independent Living Skills Training. Centers for Independent Living staff consist of at least 51% people with disabilities and is governed by a board of advocates and consumers who understand people with disabilities need for self-respect, self-reliance and independence.

Federal funding is at risk for CILS and resources that enable independence for people with disabilities… IL funds benefit thousands of Americans and save government money…

For FY 2012, the President’s proposed budget would eliminate the current funding mechanisms that fund the Centers directly and put all of this money in the hands of the state government to spend at their discretion....

By signing this petition, you are urging your representatives to preserve funding for CILS and send the President a budget that doesn’t reduce the consumer control of the Independent Living Program…

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The HELP SAVE CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING! petition to People with disabilities or people who know someone with a disability was written by Lynne McAllester and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.